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West Palm Beach Expands Opportunities for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses
West Palm Beach is currently expanding opportunities and programs for service-disabled veteran-owned small 
WEST PALM BEACH, (July 28 2017)--  West Palm Beach is currently expanding opportunities and programs for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB). The City has begun the process of outreaching to veterans to provide information about the SDVOSB program. The City will begin rolling out new projects after October 1, 2017 and will incorporate opportunities for veterans in these new projects.
“We have outreach events every quarter that are directed mostly at small businesses,” said Department of Procurement Director Frank Hayden. “During these events, we are able to share with veterans the different programs that we are going to be offering that they can take advantage of.” 
City Commissioners voted in April to amend the procurement code to provide a preference for the participation by Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises in City procurements for goods, services and construction.
The Ordinance provides that when considering two or more bids/proposals for the procurement of goods, services or construction, and at least one of which is: i.) from a certified service-disabled veteran business enterprise, and ii.) is equal with respect to all relevant considerations, including price, quality and service, such procurement or contract shall be awarded to the certified service-disabled veteran business enterprise. The Ordinance was effective as of June 1, 2017.
Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation, with approximately 1.6 million veterans. 75% of Florida’s veterans have served during periods of conflict. Florida is home to approximately 500,000 Vietnam-era veterans, 231,000 Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq, 160,000 women veterans, and 164,000 World War II veterans.
As the Florida Legislature has enacted the Florida Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Opportunity Act, the City of West Palm Beach will accept the state certification. To qualify as a SDVBE, the Act provides that an independently owned and operated business must:
  • Employ 200 or less permanent full time employees.
  • Have a net worth of $5 million or less.
  • Be organized to engage in commercial transaction.
  • Be located in Florida.
  • Be at least 51 percent owned by a disabled-serviced veteran.
  • Be managed by one or more disabled veteran or, for the spouse/caregiver of a fully disabled veteran.
“This is a program that has identified a group of people who are really going to benefit,” said Procurement Programs Compliance Officer Sandy Hammerstein. “The program allows veterans to receive preference in the contracting process here at the City of West Palm Beach.”
To learn more about the SDVOSB program, contact the City of West Palm Beach Department of Procurement at 561-822-2100 or visit the City of West Palm Beach online at www.wpb.org